Belgium – New York Times
Belgium took a big step on Thursday to becoming the first country to allow euthanasia for incurably ill children, after the upper house of Parliament voted by a large majority to extend to minors a 2002 law legalizing the practice for adults.
The Dean of the Faculty of Law at a Belgian University has warned that laws permitting euthanasia cannot be introduced without endangering the lives and safety of patients, and that safeguards and controls introduced in any such legislation will not work.
Peers have disagreed over whether terminally ill patients should be given a right to assisted dying, during a debate on patient choice at the end of life on 12 December 2013.
The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million, the World Health Organization says.
“In recent years I’ve realised it is often the procedures that we don’t do and the conversations that we must have that are the most difficult. And no conversations are more difficult than the ones we are sometimes compelled to have regarding end of life care.”
Cancer Candor blog
In all of ACS CAN’s work on the issue of palliative care, we’ve come to know too well that palliative care is misunderstood.
“Talking about sex won’t make you pregnant and talking about death won’t kill you,” says Alexandra Drane, the founder of Engage With Grace.
“The South Koreans are very interested in how we do fundraising and charities in the UK,” writes Joe Saxton in a report on his recent visit to Seoul to give two days of talks and seminars on fundraising and branding.
“At least three things we all have in common are birth, death and the difficulty in accepting death – that of others or our own. Anniversaries and major Bank Holidays can be particularly difficult,” writes Psychotherapist Karin Sieger.
US- Bowie Blade-News
“The current debate about end of life decision-making in healthcare is avoiding the most important ingredient; understanding the natural, physical process of dying,” writes nurse Tani Bahti.
ehospice International children’s edition
The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has published research that describes three case studies where miniature chairs were used to facilitate communication between children receiving palliative care, their family members and healthcare professionals.
As January 26 and Australian Day Celebrations draw closer, the country will be introduced to a new Australian and Senior Australian of the Year. ehospice caught up with 2013 Senior Australian of the Year Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks to reflect on the year that has been and what he envisions for the future of palliative care in Australia.